Headquarters of the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Photo: John Sonderman

Winnebago Tribe subsidiary lands $100 million federal government contract

Ho-Chunk Inc. firm supplies Department of Commerce facilities across U.S.

By Kevin Abourezk

A company owned by Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe, landed a $100 million contract with the U.S. Department of Commerce, president and CEO Lance Morgan announced this week.

The Flatwater Solutions Company, a subsidiary of the Flatwater Group, will oversee the 5-year, multiple-award contract. The firm will purchase, design, install and remove office furniture for all of the department’s bureaus and offices

The contract includes services to government facilities in the continental United States and U.S. territories, with primary locations in the Washington, D.C., metro and surrounding areas. Other locations could include Boulder, Colorado, Seattle, Washington, Kansas City, Missouri, and Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Erin Morgan, vice president of strategic development and operations for Ho-Chunk, cited the work of Pete Tracey, head of the Flatwater Group’s furniture division, and his team for securing the contract.

“We are excited to work with the DOC again,” she said. “This particular contract enables us to utilize our expert turnkey initial outfitting and transition planning services to provide quality solutions and excellent customer service.”

The Flatwater Group is a collection of small businesses that provide products and services to federal agencies and private industry. They specialize in office, health and technology solutions, professional support services, raw and fabricated metals, and logistics services.

The Flatwater Group includes businesses that are certified participants in the 8(a) program of the U.S. Small Business Administration, HUBZone and Buy Indian Programs. Headquarters are located on the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska, with offices in South Sioux City and Bellevue, as well as one in Alexandria, Virginia.

In addition to the Flatwater Group, Ho-Chunk Inc. owns Indianz.Com. The website is operated by a different subsidiary and is not connected to any of the work performed by Flatwater.

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